darrylcauldwell.com On a journey around the datacenter and public cloud.

VMware Data Encryption At Rest

Encryption of data at rest is a requirement for many customers, with VMware hosted Virtual Machines (VMs) there are two ways to achieve this. VM data can be encrypted using vSAN whole-datastore encryption or using Storage Policy (VMcrypt). Both VM Encryption and vSAN Encryption require a Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) 1.1 compliant Key Management Server (KMS), the same KMS provider can be used for both types of encryption.

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vRealize Orchestrator NSX Plug-in Troubleshooting

The NSX-V Plug-in for vRealize Orchestrator offers some great functionally, however creating custom workflows caused me some headaches.

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VMware NSX-T 2.0 Homelab

NSX-T that can provide network virtualization for a multi-cloud and multi-hypervisor environment. NSX-V (NSX for vSphere) Manager integrates into vCenter and leverages the vSphere dvSwitch. NSX-T Manager can be used with vSphere but does not integrate with vCenter or dvSwitch, instead NSX Manager is managed its API and the Transport Zone creates an Open vSwitch on each host.

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VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Data Center Virtualization Design

Having passed the VCAP5-DCD exam with little to no studying only eighteen months ago and VCIX6-NV since. All things considered I was pretty confident of doing well in the VCAP6-DCV Design exam, and when I completed exam I was pretty sure I’d passed. To my surprise I failed the exam with a 285, to make matters worse during the drive home I couldn’t fathom in my mind where it had gone wrong. Luckily on readin the score report it highlights the blueprint objectives relating the area’s of weakness. For me that was,

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Controlling vSphere & NSX With Python

I am tasked with working with VMware again for now, it seems like a good opportunity to try and manage the infrastructrure configuration as code as we do with AWS. My former colleagues had made me aware of pyVmomi an open source library which VMware provide and mostly maintain for managing vSphere, so its here I shall start. Since then NSX for vSphere has also an open source library NSX RAML Client provided by VMware so I’ll then move to that.

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